COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a game that will take its place as one of the greatest ever played in Ohio Stadium, Ohio State rallied from a 13-point deficit to upset seventh-ranked LSU, 36-33.

The Tigers led 33-20 with 4:29 to play. But OSU somehow rallied.

First, tailback Carlos Snow sliced into the end zone from five yards out to cap off a 10-play, 59-yard drive. LSU 33, Ohio State 27.

Then, the OSU defense, which earlier had scored on a blocked punt, held the Tigers on downs. LSU opted for a safety and a free kick. LSU 33, Ohio State 29.

The stage was set for one of the most dramatic endings in OSU history. Flanker Bobby Olive was the star of the final act. His 30-yard runback of LSU’s free kick put the ball at the Tigers’ 38-yard line. Four plays later his diving catch in the end zone of a perfectly thrown Greg Frey pass sent the second-largest crowd in Ohio Stadium into a frenzy.

OSU held that Tiger, but the victory did not come cheaply. Linebacker Andy Gurd would miss the remainder of the season because of a shoulder injury.



Date League Season Attendance
September 24, 1988 Ohio State 1988 90,584


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